The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the crew of STS-107, like tragedies before it, has spurred the creation of artistic commemorations and reimaginings of all varieties. Here we feature some of the works that have touched us.

16 Minutes from Home

“16 Minutes from Home” was performed live at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the Columbia disaster at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The song’s title references the few minutes that stood between Columbia’s crew and a safe landing at Kennedy Space Center when their flight was permanently interrupted.

Sacriflight by Lloyd Behrendt, commemorates Columbia's last launch

Sacriflight by Lloyd Behrendt commemorates Columbia’s last launch


Space Coast photojournalist Lloyd Behrendt‘s painting “Sacriflight” is an oil painting based on a black and white photograph of Columbia’s doomed launch. He created it “to represent the accomplishments of the STS program and memorialize the precious sacrifices of those lost over the years we have explored the harsh and sometimes unforgiving environment of space.” The painting was featured on the cover of Space Safety Magazine’s tenth anniversary special report on the Columbia disaster.

Have we missed your favorite Columbia song, performance, or piece of art? Drop us a line along with a brief review of the work, and we’ll take a look.


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Merryl Azriel

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.

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